It's hard to imagine Cannes as a small fishing village now, yet that is precisely what it once was. The city is now defined by its International Film Festival, when it sparkles harder than ever due to the flurry of camera flashes and shiny lip-gloss and glittering awards ceremonies. The festival only lasts for two weeks, but even when it's over, high-octane glamour continues to be the order of the day.
The streets are filled with sports cars and lined with designer shops and luxury hotels. Most of the latter can be found along the palm filled Boulevard de la Croisette, the city's catwalk beside the sea. Enchanting strolls can also be had in the old town, where the streets are narrow but home to numerous restaurants and small shops. Follow them for long enough and you'll find yourself at the ruined castle at the top, where superb views can be had over the city and its bay.
In the bay are two islands worth visiting - the smaller, St Honorat, has a ruined castle of its own, as well as a monastery, where monks sell food and drink made at the monastery. Ste Marguerite, the larger island has a castle too, as well as bars and restaurants and it's possible to snorkel and swim around its rugged coves.
The city beaches on the mainland are mostly private ones, charging for a day's use, but less crowded than the public ones - the sandy beaches are a real draw for locals and visitors alike. Almost as popular is the Marché Forville, the covered market that's a cornucopia of foodie treats, situated at the end of rue Meynardier, a street well known for its gourmet outlets and small shops selling a little bit of everything.
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